Full US Trailer for Acclaimed Belgian Film 'Playground' About Bullying
"What did you see?" Film Movement has unveiled an official US trailer for an acclaimed Belgian indie film titled Playground, also known as Un Monde (A World) in French. The film premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize, before stopping by other festivals throughout this year. Seven-year-old Nora and her big brother Abel are back to school. When Nora witnesses Abel being bullied by other kids, she rushes to protect him, but Abel forces her to remain silent. Caught in a conflict of loyalty, Nora will ultimately try to find her place, torn between children's and adults' worlds. "Transposing the gritty realism of such filmmakers as Jacques Audiard and the Dardennes Brothers to the inner world of kids, Wandel crafts an empathetic and visceral portrait of the cruelty of children, and the failure of adults to protect them." It's also Begium's submission to the Academy Awards. The film stars Maya Vanderbeque, Günter Duret, Karim Leklou, Laura Verlinden. Arriving early 2022 in the US.
Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Laura Wandel's Playground, direct from YouTube:
The everyday reality of grade school is seen from a child's-eye-view as an obstacle course of degradation and abuse. Following 7-year-old Nora and her big brother Abel, we see Nora struggling to fit in before finding her place on the schoolyard. One day, she notices Abel being bullied by other kids, and though she rushes to protect him, Abel forces her to remain silent, while he endures more humiliation and harassment by his peers. Playground, originally known as Un Monde in French, is both written and directed by Belgian filmmaker Laura Wandel, making her feature directorial debut after a few short films and other TV work previously. Produced by Stéphane Lhoest. This initially premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival playing in the Un Certain Regard section. Film Movement will release Wandel's Playground in select US theaters starting sometime in early 2022. It's also playing at the Palm Springs Film Festival in January. Interested?